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C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Infectious Diseases

lipumaJohn LiPuma, M.D.
Director, Infectious Diseases

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Service at the University of Michigan provides "subspecialty" (consultative and primary) care to children with a variety of infectious and immunological problems.

Clinical Care

We provide clinical services necessary for the laboratory evaluation, diagnosis, antimicrobial treatment, and clinical management of children with acute infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Clinical services are provided to children with HIV, recurrent infections, and infectious complications of other medical problems.

In addition, we provide clinical services necessary for the laboratory evaluation, diagnosis and management of children with abnormalities of the immune system or with fever of unknown origin. Furthermore, we offer consultation for questions concerning antimicrobial therapy (e.g. appropriate dosing and duration of treatment, side effects, and drug interactions), infection control, administration of immunizations, and the appropriate use and interpretation of clinical laboratory tests, such as bacterial, fungal, and viral culture, serology, and rapid antigen detection, to diagnose possible infectious processes.


The goal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases educational program is to provide outstanding clinical and research training experiences in all aspects of infectious diseases to medical students, pediatric residents, and infectious diseases fellows.

Under the supervision of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty members, the trainees care for children with a wide variety of both common and uncommon infections. The educational program is closely integrated with the hospital microbiology laboratories, pediatric pharmacy, the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research, Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases, and all general and subspecialties of pediatrics and well as all pediatric surgical specialties.


The Division directs research programs focused on the microbial mechanisms of infectious diseases and on host defenses against infection and funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Pediatrics, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other research granting agencies. Highlights of the projects include the role of Haemophilus influenzae in otitis media and in COPD, the human cellular responses to bacterial invasion, the interactions of s. pneumonias with pharyngial microbes, the role of Burkholderia cepacia in cystic fibrosis, and mechanisms of herpes viruses and adenovirus in causing disease.

Contact Phone Numbers

General Information: 734-763-2440
Fax: 734-232-3859

Mailing Address

Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
1500 East Medical Center Drive
D5101 Medical Professional Building SPC 5718
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5718